RUSI JournalVolume 165Issue 2members only

Proxy Warfare and the Future of Conflict: Take Two


The Syrian conflict shows that there are ever-more reasons for states choosing to use proxies.

While proxy wars have been around since time immemorial, the last decade of conflict has seen a rise in their strategic appeal. In the same way that sub-state violence captured the attention of policymakers and academics at the end of the Cold War, proxy wars are now a core feature of the contemporary and future strategic and security environment. Vladimir Rauta argues for a relocation of proxy wars by conceptualising them as strategic bargains waged on more complex grounds

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